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Issue:► 20 March 2015
Weather hides the full view
of the Partial Eclipse Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
A Partial Solar Eclipse took place at around
9:30am, but sadly over Merseyside, its full effect could not be felt, due to the
cloud cover that rolled in across many parts of the UK. The nearest place to us
where on could have experienced totality was over the Faroe Islands which are
located in the North Atlantic, North West of Scotland and halfway between
Iceland and Norway. For us on Merseyside we had to make do with around 93% of
the Sun's disc obscured by the Moon. The effect is still one of the most
spectacular astronomical events that people can experience. Also you do not need
to see the near total solar eclipse to notice it as in the UK for a few minutes
it went into the twilight zone. Also the wind changes and the temperature
noticeably decrease as the Moon passes across to cover the sun's face.
Just before the event our Editor was out
setting up his equipment, with a silver/while aluminized Mylar Solar
observing/photographic filter that gives a bluish Sun and Metal coated glass and
black polymer filter that should produce a pleasing yellow or orange image of
the Sun, but sadly the cloud cover was so thick, it rendered them useless this
time. We also had a safe and simple Solar Observation Viewer, made from a
cardboard box that would project a magnified image of the sun's disk onto a
shaded white piece of cardboard, for safe viewing.
Sadly it was so dark, it was not practicable
to use in the end, despite the early bright start to the day. The photos here
were taken using a lighter solar observation system, but it still blocked high
levels of near infrared and infrared along with ultraviolet protection for our
equipment. These photos had been taken just before the Sun vanished behind the
thickening gray carpet.
If you did not know that it was a Partial
Eclipse though, you might have thought the change in the wind and drop in light
levels and temperature, might have been due to the cloud above! If this amazing
natural event has sparked your interest in Astronomy, it is worth noting that on
a total Eclipse of the
Moon will take place on 28 September 2015. That
is a far safer and easier thing to watch, but please pray for a clear sky...
Also if you want to learn more about solar eclipse astronomy or astronomy in
general, you might consider joining the Liverpool Astronomical Society, which is
the oldest amateur astronomical society in the world, founded in 1881. To find
out more information about them, go to:-
After the event Twitter and Facebook came
alive with posts showing photos snapped and comments about the morning's show
and these are a few of the ones we have been sent and thought we should plug.
Peter Elton (@peterelston)
joked:- "The NW solar filter (cloud!) did too good a job today."
and tweeted us a fab shot, taken from Merefield School Ainsdale.
Tweeted a picture and commented:- "So our @j15gje got the money shot
University of Liverpool (@livuni)
has some fantastic pictures considering the conditions on their Twitter feed.
L3 Photography students Becky Brewer, Leah Jones and tutor Amy Newton, from Hugh
Baird College, posted on
Purple Chick (@Lorri186)
posted from Preston a few pictures, as did Lancashire Police (@LancsPolice)
from their Police Headquarters in Hutton, near Preston.
One of the funniest posts we spotted was Chris Higgins, from Ripon, North Yorks
who was re-tweeted by the Royal
Observatory, after he said:- "Max effect 9:30 am from Ripon N. Yorks
closely followed by egg and bacon butties."
The other came from official National TrustVerified account (@nationaltrust)
after posting a picture on their account, they commented:- "This bird
probably experienced the best possible view of the #eclipse2015"
As it is also the March Equinox, we have to
also include the post on English Heritage Verified Account (@EnglishHeritage)
had a photo taken at Stonehenge!
Other posts included experts commenting on Live Webcam and TV Footage, like the
one sent out Scott Sutherland (@ScottWx_TWN)
who is in fact from Oakville, ON, Canada, and is a Weather Network
meteorologist/science writer. Interestingly they will have a Partial Solar
Eclipse on 21 August 2017, when what will be most likely the biggest live event
of a Solar Eclipse will take place, as Totality runs across all the central
America! Book now for that one if you want
to see it with your own eyes!
It was not those sites that had floods of
posts, but also the Likes of YouTude, for example Southport's Scott
Harrison posted his video on the video
Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) also
contacted us as they had 3 of their ships in position off the Faroe Islands.
Mike Hall CMV's Head of Marketing, told us that:- "We had a drone with its
camera on board Marco Polo today. It must be the smallest 'aircraft' we have had
on the ship's helipad! All passengers had been issued with special viewing
glasses." This is a
link to the footage they posted online.
So did you see it? Did you get any photos? If you did, where did you watch it
from? Let us know by emailing us to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org or posting to our Twitter account or on
our Facebook Page.
Video Interview - Stephanie
set to become an Ambassador for Liverpool in the 2015 European Grand Final Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
IN the 6 March
issue, we ran a
report about Stephanie Wilkinson, who is carrying the flag for England in the
'Miss European Grand Final' which is to be held later this year in
Folkestone, Kent. Stephanie, an aspiring actress from Walton, who is aged 24 and
has recently graduated from Liverpool Hope University. Stephanie also has her
eyes on the 'Miss Liverpool' title, along with hopes of going on to Miss England
title. So before the mad build up to the 'Miss Liverpool' heats,
which take place at the Liverpool Olympia on Friday, 1 May 2015, we conducted an
informal video interview to find out more. To play it, please click on the
player below now. Also, if you can, support Stephanie by helping her to raise
money for Variety, The Children's Charity, that is backed by Miss England, as
part of the:- 'Miss World', 'Beauty with a
Purpose' campaign, by
sponsoring her please contact her via:-
also follow her on
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